It’s an opportunity for total immersion in the English language, a chance to break down the barrier that often exists when trying to communicate in a foreign language. In the immersion programme, the student discovers that they can produce more English than they would have previously imagined, and they notice their improvements each day as the course progresses.
The programmes last for 7 (seven) days.
Generally speaking, the programmes take place from a Sunday to Saturday inclusive, in order to give participants a chance to travel to Limerick on the weekend.
3) Typical Day:
07:00 – Wake Up Call
07:30 – Breakfast
08:00 – Class
10:00 – Coffee Break
10:30 – Class
12:30 – Lunch
14:00 – Class
16:00 – Coffee Break & Free time
18:00 – Academic Reflection
19:00 – Happy Hour
19:45 – Dinner
20:30 – Nighttime Activities
22:00 – End of Activities
4) Target Audience
The program is intended for people who already have a basic knowledge of English (pre-intermediate or intermediate and upwards), ie, people who can already understand someone speaking slowly in English and are able to communicate their basic needs in the language (eg, talk about daily activities, about the past, future, and day-to day communicative needs), while still making basic mistakes.
THE PROGRAM IS NOT FOR BEGINNERS
5) Course Objective:
At the end of the coures the participant will have acquired confidence to communicate in English, understand spoken English, within your level of language knowledge level, and will have lost the fear and inhibition that can often hold back non-native learners of English.
6) Total Hours:
The programme provides for 8 hours of classroom tuition a day. However, in reality, the participants use English during the whole time that they are awake. The official language of the group is English, and participants are not permitted to use their native language. This means that the group practises English for 15 hours a day, a total of 100 hours’ exposure to the English Language over the course of the entire programme.
7) Course Admission:
Interested candidates should countact English Week to reserve your place, through the website http://www.englishweek.ie, Reserve On-line, by email, by phone +353 61327730 or +353 877418013 or by Skype: EnglishWeek. The reservation is only guaranteed on payment of an initial booking deposit.
The teachers are carefully chosen. English Week’s Director, James Gaffney, holds a TEFL qualification from the University of Limerick and has many years experience in the field – in Ireland, Qatar and Brazil, both as a teacher and a Director of Studies. He has assembled a panel of highly-qualified, experienced and motivated teachers, many of whom hold Masters’ Degrees in Teaching English and a Foreign Language, experience teaching abroad and working in the business sector. Teachers take turns with several classes so that all students are taught by all teachers.
Apart from the 8 daily classroom hours, the participants have many opportunities to interact socially – in sports, recreation and cultural activities. There are scheduled films, board games, discussions, parties and tourism visits (eg. to The Cliffs of Moher, King John’s Castle, The Hunt Museum).
10) How to check if the candidate has the Minimum Level Required:
Through a pre-test on the Internet or in a telephone interview in which an educational profile of the candidate is assessed. (Where have they already studied, for how long, what level did they obtain, in which situations do they use the language at the moment, etc.)
11) Formation of Classes:
Classes are defined on the first day of activities. Upon arrival, all participants take part in a series of activities that enable teachers and the Director to identify their level of competence and performance. From this assessment, the groups are formed. Classes contain a maximum of 10 students each.
12) Course Programme:
The course schedule takes into account the specific needs of the group members in their use of English. Soon after the division of the classes is done, the needs of the students of each group are gathered (Needs Analysis) and from these requirements, the programme to be covered is designed. This programme, however, can be modified during the course depending on the specific difficulties and needs that are being detected among the participants in the group.
Flexibility: The flexibility of this programme is certainly an important differential of English Week courses. The obejective is to provide each participant with what they really need and not was set before they came on this course. The customisation is not restricted to the services we provide, but also extends to the programme to be covered. For example, if many of the participants need English for business, then specific topics and activities related to business will be offered, such as, “telephone conversations”, “meetings”, “presentations”, or others, according to the detected needs in the group.
The course materials take into account the needs of the group and consists of material produced by the team at English Week and material extracted from bibliographic sources.
13) Official Language:
The official and only language of the participants on English Week programmes is English. The use of other languages is prohibited. Participants will always do their best, and with the help of the teachers, won’t need to resort to their mother tongue to communicate. This is the main reason why we don’t admit students with a beginner’s level, because they will have to revert to their first language to communicate, or spend a torturous time with us, which is absolutely not our intention.
14) Academic Reflection:
This is a period scheduled in each day in which the participants can make use of their time as they wish. In this hour the student can study, do exercises, read, write a composition for the teachers, or do any other activity that they judge important and necessary. The only requirement is that this activity is done individually and in silence. It is a moment of daily reflection.
15) Nighttime Activities:
On the first night, when the group is still settling in and becoming familiar with the language, the nighttime activity is usually a film, with subtitles in English, or a presentation on an interesting topic given by one of the teachers. As the week progresses, these nighttime activities become more interactive – for example, there could be language games or debates. Towards the end of the course, presentations are given by the students. The participants are invited to present a subject that would be of interest to everyone. Normally they talk about a hobby, their company, a professional activity, a project that they are involved in, their home town or any subject of their choice that they know well. After the speech, which should last about 10 minutes, the participants’ colleagues and teachers can ask them questions about the topic. This activity is an excellent opportunity to practise future situations in which you will have to speak in public, using English as the language of communication.
16) Extra Activities:
Limerick has a vibrant cultural life, and interesting festivals, concerts, comedy shows and public lectures take place in the city throughout the year. Depending on when the course takes place, participants will be able to attend these in the evening time. Visits to places of local interest are also included in the coures. A trip to the magnificent Cliffs of Moher and West Clare takes place each Tuesday afternoon and the price of this is included in each course. During the free time periods, participants can visit local tourist attractions in Limerick – entry fee to these sites is included in the course fee.
17) Aural Comprehension:
In general, the necessity to develop listening comprehension shows up as a priority for participants. Certain activities that we do on the course are very effective at overcoming this difficulty. Every morning, we watch the headlines from news channels such as BBC, CNN or RTÉ, and they are studied in detail, using an interesting methodological approach. At the end of the seven days students are unanimous in recognising their significant progress in this area.
18) Leisure Areas:
“A healthy body in a healthy mind.” It is well known that physical activity benefits the learning process, and we encourage our participants to something active during their course. There is a small gym near The Woodfield House Hotel at the Limerick Lawn Tennis Club that participants can use. If participants wish to play football or tennis during their breaks, these can be played at local sports clubs Limerick Lawn Tennis Club and the nearby Barrington’s Pier Park. The Westfields Bird Sanctuary, located a short distance from the hotel, is a marvellous amenity for people interested in walking in nature.
Participants are served 5 meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Snacks at two Coffee Breaks) at the highly-recommended Woodfield House Hotel Restaurant. A varied menu is served to participants throughout the week.
HAPPY HOUR: Every evening, after free time, in which participants often play sports or visit Limerick’s attractions, the group reconvenes in the bar to enjoy a beer, soft drink, coffee or other drink. This is a great time to interact socially with the other group members, practising English in a relaxed environment.
The courses take place in the Woodfield House Hotel Limerick, on the Ennis Road, in the suburbs close to Limerick City Centre. Limerick is located in the Midwest of Ireland, 26 km from Shannon International Airport, 107 km from Cork International Airport and 209 km from Dublin International Airport. Click here for information on how to get here.
The students are guaranteed to stay with us in comfort. Single or Double Hotel Bedrooms are available. Participants may also book a course without accommodation, if they wish to arrange this themselves, or, for example, if they already live in the Limerick region.